Legendary Native American Figures: Hobomock (Chepi)
Name: Hobomock Tribal affiliation:Wampanoag, Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot Alternate spellings: Hobbomock, Hobbamocke, Hobomok, Hobomock, Hobomak, Hobbomok, Hobbamock, Hobbomock, Hobbamocho, Abbomocho, Hobomoco, Hobbomocho Pronunciation: Varies by dialect: usually hobe-uh-mock. Type:Antagonists,
evil spirits Also known as: Chepi, Chipi, Cheepie, Cheepee, Cheepi, Cheepii, Chepian (pronounced chee-pee in Wampanoag.) Related figures in other tribes:Atlantow (Mohican),
Matanto (Lenape), Okee (Powhatan)
In Wampanoag and Narragansett traditions, Hobomock was the manito (spirit) of death-- a destructive, often evil
being usually in opposition to Kautantowit.
Hobomock was sometimes also referred to as "Chepi," which means "ghost" in Wampanoag. Hobomock is the
subject of many Wampanoag 'bogeyman' stories, warning children away from dangerous or naughty behavior.
In other legends, Hobomock plays macabre tricks on adults such as stealing their eyelids so that they can never
sleep again or twisting their feet to make them lame. After the introduction of Christianity,
Wampanoag and Narragansett people began to identify Hobbomock with the Devil.
Spirit of the New England Tribes:
Collection of Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Mohegan legends and traditional stories, including several about Cheepi (Hobomock).
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Algonquian tribes.